Passion quotes

We should every night call ourselves to an account; What infirmity have I mastered today? What passions opposed? What temptation resisted? What virtue acquired? Our vices will abort of themselves if they be brought every day to the shrift.

- Seneca

Passion doesn't look beyond the moment of its existence.

- Bovee, Christian Nevell

Absence extinguishes small passions and increases great ones, as the wind blows out a candle, and blows in a fire.

- De La Rochefoucauld.

Every man without passions has within him no principle of action, nor motive to act.

- Claude A. Helvetius

I had learnt to seek intensityÓmore of life, a concentrated sense of life.

- Nina Berberova

He only employs his passion who can make no use of his reason.

- Cicero

Are not laws dangerous which inhibit the passions? Compare the centuries of anarchy with those of the strongest legalism in any country you like and you will see that it is only when the laws are silent that the greatest actions appear.

- Sade, Marquis De

Art the end result of perception, wisdom, intelligence, discipline, hard work, passion, luck, accident, and coincidence.


Honest criticism means nothing: what one wants is unrestrained passion, fire for fire.

- Miller, Henry

With courage you will dare to take risks, have the strength to be compassionate and the wisdom to be humble. Courage is the foundation of integrity.

- Nair, Keshavan

If music in general is an imitation of history, opera in particular is an imitation of human willfulness; it is rooted in the fact that we not only have feelings but insist upon having them at whatever cost to ourselves. The quality common to all the great operatic roles, e.g., Don Giovanni, Norma, Lucia, Tristan, Isolde, Br?nnhilde, is that each of them is a passionate and willful state of being. In real life they would all be bores, even Don Giovanni.

- Auden, W. H.

Passion is the mob of the man, that commits a riot upon his reason.

- Penn, William

We only love truly once. It is the first time and succeeding passions are less uncontrolled.

- Du Coeur

Because impudence is a vice, it does not follow that modesty is a virtue; it is built upon shame, a passion in our nature, and may be either good or bad according to the actions performed from that motive.

- Mandeville, Bernard

The creations of a great writer are little more than the moods and passions of his own heart, given surnames and Christian names, and sent to walk the earth.

- Yeats, William Butler

Doubtless criticism was originally benignant, pointing out the beauties of a work rather that its defects. The passions of men have made it malignant, as a bad heart of Procreates turned the bed, the symbol of repose, into an instrument of torture.

- Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth

Art is the most passionate orgy within man's grasp.

- Dubuffet, Jean

Man may dismiss compassion from his heart, but God never will.

- Cowper, William

Man is distinguished, not only by his reason; but also by this singular passion from other animals... which is a lust of the mind, that by a perseverance of delight in the continual and indefatigable generation of knowledge, exceeds the short vehemence of any carnal pleasure.

- Hobbes, Thomas

There are more ideas on earth than intellectuals imagine. And these ideas are more active, stronger, more resistant, more passionate than politicians think. We have to be there at the birth of ideas, the bursting outward of their force: not in books expressing them, but in events manifesting this force, in struggles carried on around ideas, for or against them. Ideas do not rule the world. But it is because the world has ideas... that it is not passively ruled by those who are its leaders or those who would like to teach it, once and for all, what it must think.

- Foucault, Michel

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